Flounder, Summer

Shape

Synonyms

Fluke

Edibility

n/a

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 19 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes

    Please check your state's summer flounder regulations. NOAA has continued "conservation equivalency." This means they waived the federal recreational bag limit, minimum fish size, and fishing season, so vessel owners are subject only to regulations for the state in which you intend to land your Summer Flounder.
    To see regulations for a particular state, tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs cover your home port, then tap Set Location. Your state waters should be listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant state regulations.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 19 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from October 1st, 2018 to May 3rd, 2019
    from October 1st, 2019 to May 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    For summer flounder taken at Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites the minimum size is 17 inches; for more information, see CT Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing.

    If summer flounder are filleted onboard a vessel: 1. each fillet is required to meet the minimum fish length, or 2. the carcass of the fish from which the fillet was removed has to be retained and the carcass has to meet the minimum length. This rule shall not be construed to prevent filleting of fish on shore or dockside.
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from September 23rd, 2018 to May 24th, 2019

  • License Required
    All saltwater anglers must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. To register, visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

  • Additional Notes
    Summer flounder regulations for Delaware Bay in New Jersey are a 17-inch minimum size limit and 3-fish possession limit. Delaware Bay, includes all New Jersey waters within the Delaware Bay and tributaries west of the COLREGS line from Cape May Point Light to Cape Henlopen.
    Shore-based anglers fishing at Island Beach State Park (IBSP) may retain 2 fish greater than or equal to 16 inches total length only at IBSP during the current open summer flounder fishing season. Shore-based fishing is defined as fishing from a pier, jetty, beach, bank, or marsh.

    For more info see NJ Fish and Wildlife.com/Saltwater.

    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 16.5 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 16.5 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year-round.
    The above flounder restrictions apply to Virginia tidal waters, except that in Virginia's Potomac River tributaries the minimum size limit, closed season, and possession limit will be the same as established by the PRFC for the mainstem Potomac River.
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.
    Citation 6 lbs or 26 inches.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 19 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from September 22nd, 2017 to May 3rd, 2018
    from October 1st, 2018 to May 3rd, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

    Summer flounder may not have heads or tails removed or be otherwise cleaned, cut, filleted or skinned until brought to shore, with the following exception: the white side fillet or white skin only of a legal size fluke may be removed to use as bait. The carcass of the fluke with dark side completely intact must be retained for inspection of size limit and counts against the possession limit.

    For more information, see NY Recreational saltwater regulations

  • Bag Limit 6

  • Measurements Min Size: 19 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from September 24th, 2017 to May 22nd, 2018
    from October 10th, 2018 to May 22nd, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 16.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    No bag limit. Recreational angling only. No sale allowed.
    Summer flounder filleted and skinned must retain at least 2 square inches of contiguous skin intact for identification.
    Federal regulations are waived for Summer Flounder, and recreational anglers shall follow regulations for the state in which their catch is landed.

For a list of official country and state regulations, visit here